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Oct 16, 2007 05:39 PM


Will be in town from tomorrow until Sat. at a hotel near the merc and would appreciate recs for good places that have take out, especially modest-priced ethnic, such as Chinese, Thai, Viet, Middle East, Indian/Pakistani, Mexican, other Latin, and an American ethnic favorite--BBQ. If there is an especially good dine-in only rec, would be glad to have that too. Thanks!

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  1. Kan Zaman on Wells Street for tasty Lebanese.
    Reza's on west Ontario for Persian
    Greek Islands at Adams and Halsted in Greektown for excellent dine-in or take-out.

    Lou Malnati's on Wells street for the very best Chicago Deep dish Pizza.

    L'Appetito Italian Deli at Wabash and Huron for excellent fresh made Italian eats...salads, Italian sausage, pastas, deserts, sandwiches, etc.

    Mister J's for very good fast food burgers, dogs, polish, etc.

    Mr. Beef for Italian beef

    Portillo's for very good Italian Beef, sausage, chicken, salads, etc. There's nothing like Portillo's. Love this place! It would thrive anywhere in the states!

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    1. re: amoncada

      WOW! Thank you so much. I'm here in Chicago and ready to hit the streets soon for dinner. Passed Lou Malnati's in the cab coming from the airport, so I already know where it is (always making mental notes of eateries as I enter my hotel's neighborhood). I am very grateful that you took the time to respond. If anyone needs advice for Portland, I'll be glad to help. Isn't CH great?

      1. re: PDXHOUND

        You're welcome! I'll be sure to make some requests if I'm ever in Portland.

        Mister J's in on State at Pearson.

        Bijan on State street for a unique upscale bar and grill atmosphere with fantastic bar food. Kitchen is open until 1 hour before close...3 am daily and 4am on Saturdays.


        Try Ina's on west Randolph next to Oprah's Harpo studio's for excellent breakfast and lunch.

        Wishbone on west Washington for excellent Cajun, Southern, and Mexican inspired breakfast and lunch.